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THE WINDHAM COUNTY REFOIJ3IER, THURSDAY, MAY 29, 1902. .
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POLITICAL DISCUSSION,
THE WINDHAM COUNTY, EEFOEMEE
ULLERY & CO., Publishers.
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75 cents; four months, oU cents; jut copy 5 cents
All subscriptions are payable in advance. Sam
ple copies will be mailed free on request.
ENTERED AT BRATTLEBORO POST OFFICE A8 SECOND CLASS MAIL
Windham (founts Jlcfonncr
BRATTLEBORO, THURSDAY, MAY 29, 1902.
"The Days of Prohibition Are Numbered.
It was several years ago tbnt this re
mark under this same caption ap
peared in the Reformer. What was
then barely tieated as "bluff" is now
recognized to be fast-approaching fact.
Out of the 1G states' that adopted pro
hibition when the idea was new and
attractive, Vermont is surely headed
to follow the eleven others who have,
in the light of experience, discarded
it as'erroneous, even vicious, in princi
ple and impracticable of execution.
There was no remarkable wisdom in
the Reformer's prediction, when made,
though it happened to be alone in it.
All that was needed was an interpre
tation of the plain figures in a dozen
different towns, large and small, where
test votes had been taken with one
uniform result. Our only error was in
conceding too much strength to prohi
bition, which accumulating evidence
indicates to embrace but a small frac
tion of the people, and a fraction that
constantly dwindles under thought
and discussion. What happened in
Brattleboro Saturday is only what will
happen, is happening, everywhere the
subject is stirred up. The majority
against prohibition has existed for
years; simply here, as elsewhere, in
the stagnation of our one-sided poli
tics, it has not had expression. The
dwindling of prohibition's strength is
shown by comparison with the test
vote of Xovember, 1890, when it had
43 per cent of all cast. Adding
Democrats to the Clement vote of Sat
urday, McCullough and Proctor to
gether had a little less than ii;: per
cent of the whole vote and it is to be
remembered also that a good many
local-optiouists voted for these candi
dates because before pledged or for
'other reasons. In fact, it is doubtful,
considering everything, if more than
half the Republicans, or much more
than a third of all the voters are on
the prohibitory side and Brattleboro,
next to St. Johnsbury, has always
been regarded as the stronghold of the
idea among the large towns of the
state, when in fact it has no st rong
hold anywhere, in large towns or
small.
Of Democrats 00 out of 100 may be
counted for local option as a necessity
of their philosophy so well summarized
by Gov. Seymour when he said it
meant nothing to bo done by the fed
eral government that could with safety
and justice be left to the states, noth
ing by states that could similarly be left
to the towns, or by any power on earth
that could be left to the individual
without wronging other individuals.
As the great Tilden expressed it, con
cretely :
"It is no part of the duty of the state
to coerce the individual man except so
far as his conduct may p fleet others,
not remotely and consequentially, but by
violating rights which legislation can
recognize and undertake to protect."
Democracy, therefore, believes that
prohibition cannot rightfully go fur
ther as regards the sale of liquor than
to stop such sales, as to minors, con
firmed drunkards, etc., as do mani
festly and directly involve violations
of the rights of others,and that sweep
ing prohibition can only be justified
when experience has shown it to be
impossible otherwise to prevent such
abuses, and of this each community is
the only rightful and competent judge.
To quote Tilden again; while the Democracy
from Saturday's caucus. The meaning
of present developments is that the
great majority of men, after 5() years
of trial, are satified that with regard to
the difficult subject of dealing with
the liquor traffic at least, the Demo
cratic theory of Home Rule is correct,
that in the long run ond the great
average, greater efficiency and power
for good are not secured by placing the
control as far as possible from the
people, but that on the contrary the
old Democratic maxim is verified, that
the further action and functions are
removed from the people, the more
abuses will be multiplied, and that
this is amply proved by the rascalities,
the corruptions, the impudent false
pretenses and the humbug with which
"prohibition" is admittedly honey
combed. So on this question they are
determined to apply Democratic doc
trine. Perhaps the purpose may not take
effect in law this year or in two or four
years, but it is surely coming. It may
be this very year by frightening the
machine misruler into granting a ref
erendum on the subject the most
graceful way out for them, though
there are big and alleged obstacles of
sincere prohibition ism and plundering
interest in the way. It may lie by a
bolt and the election of Mr. Clement
on an independent ticket. It may fol
low a three-cornered fight like that
which placed John S. Robinson in the
Governor's chair in 1853. It may be
later by a Democratic victory, on a
clean-cut issue and fight. All we know
is that there is no possible escape from
the conclusion. Our wickedly unjust
system of representation may operate
to delay it a little, but it can't stop it
because the people in the small towns,
when they get ready to act, are found
to be just as much opposed to prohibi
tion as those of the large towns.
OF VERMONT MATTERS BY VARIOUS
STATE NEWSPAPERS.
One sizable contributory factor to
the result Saturday was those circulars
denouncing as "false" and "slander
ous" etc. , the McCullough statement
about the kind of "prohibition" Col.
Proctor has in his own bailiwick. In
telligent hien who 'can be fooled by
that sort of answers to facts from offi
cial records are' mighty scarce; and
when for evidence "a Brattleboro la
boring man" unnamed and unknown,
is put forward with nothing but "glit
tering generalities" instead of specific
denials, the suspicion is at once war
ranted among men who will allow
themselves to think at all. that the de
fense knows it can't deny. Really,
we should have supposed the gentle
men in charge of the Proctor canvass
would have known better. They would
if they bjul gone home and taken ad
vice of their babies !,
What Editors Throughout the State Are Say
ing in Regard to Current Political Events
Interesting Points From Many Pens.
No one has to our knowledge even
suggested nny change in congressmen.
Messrs. ilaskins and Foster will lie re
turned, without a dissenting vote, to
continue their good work at Washing
ton. llardwick Gazette.
Snap caucus scheming, that inv'lves
the holding of primaries without due
notice given to all voters alike, de
serves and will have emphatic rebuke.
The people of Vermont will not stand
that sort of plotting, and the candi
date whose supporters play that game
is in peril. St. Johnsbury Caledonian.
If the caucuses already held through
out the state indicate anything it. is
that Fletcher D. Proctor will be the
third man in the state couveution. Mr.
Clement has shown greater strength
than was anticipated by the support
ers of either Gen. McCullough or Mr.
Proctor, and while Mr. Clement occa
sionally captures a town that had been
counted on as favoring McCullough,
he has captured several important
Proctor s'ronghohls. l''urthermore,
Gen. McCullough is proving to be the
favorite in many towns claimed from
the first as being for Proctor, two not
able cases being Kichford and High,
gate in Franklin county, which the St.
Albans Messenger has been claiming
as solid for its candidate. llarre
Times,
Nowadays we remove the wi upper
from the Brattleboro Phcenix with
caution and deliberation that no word
of its valuable contents may be marred
or effaced; we pore over the soul stir
ring editorials therein contained and
learn that Fletcher D. Proctor is too
pure, too clean, too far above his fel
low mortals to remain long on this
mundane sphere, to tarry long in this
world of wickedness: we gut her that
the men supporting him are surround
ed by a halo of u righteous cause:
we are informed that Gen. McCullough
is a poor stick and that all the thous
ands who believe in him, who respect
him and who are going to honor him
by making him governor of Vermont,
are reprehensible cusses who would
wreck the ship of state and usurp the
divine rights of the family of Proctor.
And after reading the entire editorial
page we borrow soap and water from
the neighbors and wash up. Hardwiek
; Gazette.
There has been so much talk about
I Democrats voting in Republican eau
i cuses and Republicans voting in Dem
ocratic caucuses, that it is hoped that
1 the legislature will pass a law at the
MoCULLOUGH'S CANDIDACY.
Forceful Endorsement by Honest John Mer
rifield.
John JI. Merrifleld, clerk of Wind
ham county, ex-clerk of tho JIouso of
Representatives, u member of the
House for two terms and a senator
from Windham county in the legisla
ture of 1H05, writes the Phoenix a
strong letter supporting the nomina
tion of John (i. McCullough to the
governorship and giving the reason for
the faith that is in him. John Merri
fleld is so well known for his probity,
for the soundness of his judgment and
the sincerity of his motives, that he
earned the title in public life of "Hon
est John Merrifleld." Subjoined is
the substantial part of Mr. Merrifield's
letter which we commend to careful
and candid perusal :
The question was recently asked uie
how as a supporter of the prohibitory
law l could consistently vote tor den.
McCullough in view of his attitude
on the temperance question. His atti
tude as referred to by the prominent
was doubtless based on his answer to j
tho well known Dr. Ruslow letter. In I
this letter Gen. McCullough does not
state his personal views, but does state
in an explicit way just what course he
will adopt on all constitutional bills
sent him for approval. This state
ment is a platform identical, without
question, with that on which Mr. Proc
tor stunIs. The substance, then, of
tho platform of each is that if elected '
he will sign such constitutional bills I
as the legislature may send him. j
Where then this difference in looking1
at the question from the only pructi- i
cal standpoint? Mr. Clement, the li- j
cense candidate, says that Gen. Me
Cullough's letter was a case of politi
cal suicide. By this he probably means
that it was not properly framed as a
vote catcher. It could probably have
been worded better with this end in
view. It is apparent to all that it
would have been to Gen. McCuIlough's
political advantage to have framed
the letter differently. The fact that
he made no hid for the support of any
particular class is not to be taken
aganist him from my point of view. 1
don't quest ion the right of others to
look at it differently.
ty, which has not had a governor mi
ing the time that Rutland has had
three, is certainly entitled to the as
sistance of Windham county in re
turn foi the assistance so freely ren
dered us in the past. I am for him be
cause 1 believe that in this contest he
has been shamefully abused and be
littled by some of tho newspapers of
the state. 1 am for him for many other
reasons which I have not space to men
tion, and as a temperance man, whose
loyalty to the cause has never to me
been questioned, I snail go io ui.
Xewfane caucus next week, if I live,
and cast my vote for him, willing to
assume all responsibility for the loss of
sleep or trouble of conscience which
shall come to me as the result of such
action.
.T. H. Merrifleld.
Xewfane, May 22, 100-.
COUNTY AND vicTNITY,
WEST BRATTLEBORO.
Items of news for
at Stoekwell s store
eveninir
to tbe ollice
The Heforiner mav be left
not later than Wednesday
Important items may be telephoned
!e at the expense of The lieforiuer.
last
George M. Thomas was very ill
week.
Mrs. X. A. Wood visited friends in
Weymouth, Mass., last week.
The ladies' aid society of the Baptist
church gave a box supper Saturday
evening.
Miss Brooks and Miss Shoemaker of
Smith college, visited Miss Kate Fish
er last week.
Miss Minnie Stoekwell has returned
from a three months' trip in Philadel
phia, Washington and Springfield.
"A Covenant with Death and a
League with Hell," was the subject of
Pastor Keneston's sermon at the Con
: gregational church Sunday morning.
! The Prohibition rally of last week
; was largely attended. Revs. Reid and
i Hammett of Bellows Falls gave power
' ful addresses, which were well re-jceived.
It is said that he did not vote on the
license bill when he was a member of
the Senate. However this may look
to others as showing him an unsafe
man to elect to the governorship. I
will say that it has no terrors to me
in view of the fact that up to the close
of this heated canvass the searchlights
of his opponents, always turned on, ,
have not brought out a single scrap of;
evidence that Gen. McCullough is oth- '
er than a temperance man in theory .
and practice, and a promoter in large
WESTMORELAND.
The people of this place were shocked
Sunday to hear of the death of Mrs.
Monroe Leonard, which occurred that
morning. She broke her hip a few
weeks ago. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard bur
ied their only child, e son, some nine
years ago. Xow he is left a childless
widower. ;.le has the heartfelt sym
pathy of the community in his great
bereavement.
Brattleboro, Vt., May 22, 1902,
Have iust taken a look at our $4.98, $6.50,
$7.50, $10.00 and $12.00 Suits. They are sure!-
THE BEST VALUES
ever offered
IN BRATTLEBORO.
How about our line of
LADIES' WAISTS AT
98c, $1.00, $1.25, $1.50, $1.75, high as $3.75.
They are the kind made to fit.
STRAW HATS
5 cents to $3.50 at Wholesale and Retail.
How about
TRUNKS AND BAGS.
Our sizes and prices are right. The quality is se:
ond to none.
STARKEY CO.
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BUY YOUR PLANTERS,
IB.
next sess on retni at nir 1 he ho d ng of measure 01 every guou cause in nis
these primarv elections. It has been ; community. 1 am not one who shares
maintained bv this and other papers ! thl apprehension of many sincere
for a long time that such a law was a friends of temperance, whose views I
necessity but the solons who gather in !do nul question, that Col. Proctor
Montpel'ier once in everv t wo years ' would be a safer man than Gen. Mc-
have thought otherwise. Under the ! '-UUough to place in tlie governor
FEED.
And to think that lie is a son of Red
field Proctor about the shrewdest and
most sagacious man this generation
has known ! It would be interesting if
we could see down into Redlield's in
sides and what becomes of the "swear
words," as he views the utter failure
of the federal patronage to helu the
boy out of the scrape. By the way,
did you know that bock in ancient
times there was a thing called Civil
Service Reform? It disappeared in
the year one of the present imperial
istic Republican era.
chair, fnr the reason that he would
better be able to obstruct legislation
adverse to the prohibitory law.
"Is in favor of sobriety and good
morals it disavows a system of coercive
legislation which cannot produce them,
but must create many serious evils,
which violates constitutional guaran
tees and sound principles of legislation,
invades the rightful domain of indi
vidual judgment and conscience and
takes a step toward that barbarian age
when the wages of labor, the prices of
commodities, a man's food and cloth
ing were dictated to him by a govern
ment calling itself paternal."
The opposing theory of government,
Federalist, Whig and Republican, con
cedes that the people have a right to
rule, but believes that the farther
the power is removed from their di
rect control, tho more power is
centralized in nation and state, the
more efficient it will be, the wiser
and freer from ignorant passion ; while
majorities must rule, the major
ity of a nation or state is safer, and
rather to be sought as-a rule of action
than of towns. Many men believe
and they are the ones that are direct
ing this question, evidently that
neither theory is one to hold fast by.
but as Lord Salisbury says, the policy
to be adopted should depend on the
facts and circumstances surrounding
each question.
"We are all Democrats we are all Re
publicans
Australia continues to be the land
from which the world 'gets its most
progressive ideas in legislation. The
secret ballot, the Torrens land system,
all the experiments in public owner
ship, and the democratization of her
constitution beyond anything the
world ever saw, are now followed by a
bill which has passed her senate with
out a single dissenting vote enabling
all her women to vote at the next elec
tion for both houses of the federal parliament.
j Australian system of vol ing it will be
ja very hard matter to define a Demo
crat from a Republican so that the
most a law can do is to make a man
elect which caucus he will vote in, a
penalty being made fur his voting in
any other. A man may declare his
politics what he please but under the
present system of voting just which
side he takes can never be known. Un
der the old system of voting party cau
cuses were in the control of the party
but now they are not. - Barre Telegram.
A Montpelier despatch to the Bur
lington Free Press says: "E. R.
Morse of l'roctor was in Montpelier
Saturday in the Interests of Fletcher
I'. Proctor's candidacy for governor.
He had a private interview' with C. A.
Smith, the leader of the Clement local
option forces here, at Mr. Smith's of
fice, and from what can be gathered
the interview would be interesting to
the prohibition voters of Vermont. As
Mr lr,...,,,r I., -,,;,,,, .. ..1,. If.
iust oniiosite from that of Mr. Clem- iour legislature of any
ent's on the liquor question, and is
losing as the enemy of license, it
would be but reasonable to expect that
he would be consistent enough not to
trade with the enemy to defeat Mc
Cullough, but after the interview with
Mr. Smith it came out that Mr. Morse
Col. Fletcher D. Proctor in his sec
ond letter does not say that he would ;
disapprove of any constitutional bill .
that the legislature might pass. Why's
Because as an experienced legislator
he knows that while the governor is j
given the veto power by one article of :
our constitution that power is com- j
pletely nullified by another article
permitting the two branches of the,
legislature to pass a bill over a veto ;
by a bare majority of each branch. 1
Thus if a bill is passed by a majority'
of one vote in each branch, the bill
could be passed over a veto by the.
same majority of one. For this' rea-
son the governors of Vermont have j
been very sparing in the use of the I
veto power, rarely using it except in
cases where the constitutionality of a
bill is involved. So jealous in fact is
enoronolmients
on what is considered its prerogatives
that in recent years the mere sugges
tions of the governor as to the merits
of impending legislation have often
been received by the legislature with
scant courtesy. So Col. Proctor of
course does not state that he would
GROVE.
Mrs. Alice Whitney of Birnardston
and Mrs. Ann Babcock of Randolph
are with their cousin, Mrs. A. F.
Prouty, for a few days.
Xews has been received of the death
last week of A rch ibald Gilchrist, who
came here from Xew York, ret timing j SALT.
there some 12 years ago. His death ;
was caused by heart trouble. j
The body of Lyman Brown, who died litem of N'ewa.
in Wilmington of pneumonia, was i Justice John M. Llarlan of the United
brought here for interment Tuesday in ' gtate supreme court, when a practic
the family lot. Mr. Brown was for j mg lawyer m Louisville, once tried his
many yearn ; a resident of this town, j fc fl aewspaner worU) laktag the
going to ilmington about a vear ago- , .
to live witli his son. W. S. " Brown, I PIace of 11 Phonal friend, then editor
who is a furniture dealer there. He i of the Louisville Commercial. Tbe Jus-
was highly esteemed bv all and the tlce got along all right writing editori-
familv have the svmnaihv of all. als, but had Ideas as to news that were
at variance with those of the city edi
tor. One of the reporters had written a
clever account of a man who had fallen
from the fourth story of a building and
escaped without serious Injury. It
mnde a story of about a column In
length. With a proof of the article in
his hand the temporary editor came to
the city editor and said:
"Mr. Smith, please have this story
cut down. I can't see anything In it
that makes it worth that space.'
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VALLEY GRAIN CO.
SHAVIN3S
SPF.CIAL SOTK'ES.
LEON C. WHITE,
Electrician.
Headquarters
at
Electric Light
' Station.
From Hie depths of our sorrow iuc hearts we
wish to thank all who tried to lighten the heavy
Inn-den of Lrrief laid upon us by the ilealh of our
tovini; ami dearly beloved hushanil and father.
We know oiIhts have trodden tile same path i
hut that made it no smoother for our feet, for I
every word ami aet of kindliest to the loved one j
t;one ln-fore. to "minister and singers ami the I
many frii-mls we ran onlv trust that in time of
sorrow vou mav and tfiose who will he so ,
th.i'.iL-htiiillv kind. !
JUIS.-.V. t . I'llHt TV AMI l- AM1I.V
trior! t t tlx, fiumt .1. r...,-'t;., ,f veto a high license or local option bill.
" " " f-"' ! Wl. II. l, .1 ul.l
he attempt such course in regard to
GILL.
The friends of Edmund Smith re
ceived news Saturday of his death at
his home in Fairwater. Minn. Mr.
Smith was a native of Warwick. He
came to this town when 1.1 years of
age, working for the late Peter Delvy
until he was SI. He went to Minne
sota about Jo years ago and settled in
Fairwater, where he has since lived.
He was 77 years and 7 months old. He
leaves a w idow and one son, Fscor B. ,
in Fairwater.
All the indications up to
that that "spontaneous popular move
ment'' for Proctor is going to prove
about the most ludicrous fiasco Ver
mont politics have ever seen. Well,
humbug as a regular diet is not very
satisfactory to Vermonters or at least
it is unsafe to figure that there is no
limit to their capacity for it. Besides
the sense of fair play is quite universal
among men.
; tins city pledged to rroctor as a sec
! ond choice. Mr. Smith told Mr.
I Morse that he had done business with
the Vermont Marble company fori")
i years and had always liked Fletcher
Proctor, but that though lie were his
; own brother he would not vote for him
j so long as he ran on the prohibition
' plat for in, and he thought the rest of
date are ! rup delegation felt the same. Mr.
.Morse lett on mis poor consolation.
; any constitutional bill relating to this
: question, or any other, his veto, in all
probability, would be as ineffectual as
would have been an attempt to have
stopped the wave of fire th.'t carried
uesiiuenon io iTM. i lerre.
LETTER FROM ATHENS.
Is tiiere any doubt then that, wheth
er McCullough or Proctor is elected,
each would take precisely the same
course in temperance legislation as
would the other': Where, then, the
propriety of challenging the loyalty to
the cause of temperance of any man
who for reasons which he counts good
prefers to vote for the Bennington can
didate? Why make the representation
K. A. Lyons ha.s been repairing his
horse barn. H. L. Hosley lias put an
addition onto his barn. J. W. Levitre
is repairing his house. Mrs. J. L. S.
Moore is spending a few weeks wilh
her sister in Brooklyn, X. V. Mrs.
nun..,. "K, " V- B the horses
itieuus 1 14 viani-. .ins. r.. u. ieuey,
who has been visiting friends here,
has returned to her home in Michigan.
But It's the 'star story of the day.
Mr. Harlan," gasped the astonished
news man. "I think It's a remarkable
story and well worth all the space giv
en to It."
"I don't," said Justice' Harlan. "If a
man bad jumped up four stories, it
would certainly have been remarkable,
but even a fool could fall down four
stories, or half a dozen, for that mat
ter." Xew York Times.
WE HAVE A FULL LINE OF
NATIONAL
BISCUIT CO.'S
Crackers,
Cookies and
Package Goods.
Our experience with these
goods is such that we can recom
mend them to be the best that cat
be bought.
GRANGE STORE,
ELLIOT STREET.
PUTNEY
The Baptist church was tilled to
overflowing and chairs had to lie
brought in Sunday morning at the
union memorial services. Col. W. II.
Grtenwood post, Xo. !Ki. G. A. R., and
the Woman's Relief corps attended in
bodv. The post was largely repre-
Editor Reformer:
Shall the county seat remain at Xew
fane or go to Brattleboro, is the ques
tion. Personally I do not care a rap,
i fir-, ni, .1,,,,-.. ii,., i;.i,n..r
I am unable to state the opinion of the ! lln' som' broadcast that McCullough . sented and also hnd a number of visit-
. . .. t , ...... nrwl r'lmot.rlt tifi r.,.t,c ..f t-,p 1 .. . 1. i-l n-l. .1 ,.
voters of Athens as I have not talked aml Element are portions ol one ser-; mg comrades with them. The church
Machine politics is played put in
Brattleboro, and it will no longer be was to go to Brat tlebon then
possible for half a dozen or more self
constituted leaders to promise and de
liver the vote of Brattleboro to any fac
tion or clique who may ask for it. Brat
tleboro has discovered for almost the
first time that she is capable of choos
ing for herself and she prefers to do it
that way. She also seems inclined to
vote for issues rather than men.
with any of them about the matter.
Several years ago when this same ques
tion was being agitated there was con
siderable talk that if the county seat
would
be a new count' formed by taking
wrm if tr, tirvrrhorn tnn-ne tit IVin-l.
ham county and the southern towns of I ,he Clement forces.
Windsor, with Chester as the probable
shire town. At that time man), of the Four years ago in the governorship
voters in Chester as well as those in contest netween uen. .McLunougii and
I pent intent alike on striking death to
the prohibitory law': ,Tbis charge
should have a conclusive answer in
the fact that in the two caucuses that
Clement has carried thus far the con-
test, w hich in each case was a close
one, was between tue .McL ullough and
It will hardly be doubted now that
Mr. Davenport was right when he told
the Democrats there was the material
in public opinion for them to make a
winning fight. Possibly their chance
is not gone yet.
some of the other town were very much Col. Smith the larger part of tbe
in earnest and as I remember it thelitis- i Windham county Republicans favored
iness was in such shape that had the I the latter, the preference doubtless
county buildings gone to Brattleboro being because of the fact that the
then, theie was everv reason to sunnose I railroad and some other interests of
that there would have been a new coun
ty with Chester the county seat. What
has become of the then new county en
thusiasts': Why do we not hear from i had assumed
them? I -Met-' ul lough
E. S. Kingslev.
Athens, Vt.
If Proctor withdraws as is being in-
(changing names to fit the i timated in various quarters it will be
present i said the profoundly philo
sophic and just-minded Jefferson in
his first inaugural, after perhaps the
most venomous political campaign the
country ever saw. Anil so we areas
regards this prohibition question: we
differ onlv as to the best means of
reaching the most of good to society.
, The talk so commonly heard that it is
mostly "temperance men" on one side
and rum drinkers and rumsellers on the
other is only the cheapest substitute
for argument and comes from men who
yell rather than think. The truth is
that each side has its full proportion
of votes from both classes, whereof a
multitude of illustrations, within ev
erybody's knowledge might be cited
! a hard tussle for McCullough. In that
event whom would the Proctor dele
gates support?
The snap caucus idea is to be de
plored, and it is hoped that the next
legislature will frame a law regulating
these meet ings so they can be sna ped
onlv one way.
Letter From a Newfane Citizen.
Editor Reformer:
Xnturally the question uppermost
I with us is that of the removal of the
: county seat. This proposition, if car
j ried out, would strike us a hard blow.
We bonded in aid of the Brattleboro Jfc
I Whitehall railioad in the sum of s5,- I
iboO on assurances solemnly made to us j
I that tlie county seat should remain
i here. We cannot believe that the peo
ple of Windham county, upon a sober
second thought, will favor the removal
j of the shire and assume the consider
able tax involved in the construction
and maintenance of new buildings.
the county would be better conserved
by the hitter's election
1S0H, when our relations with Spain
a serious aspect. Gen.
unexpectedly withdrew
from the contest, writing a letter in
j which he stated that he was unwilling
to engage in a contest at that time
I when the efforts of all true Republi
cans should be directed towards the
Assistance of the government in its
: hour of peril. That letter was highly
; commended by tbe Republican news
I papers of the state almost without ex
ception, nearly all laying a high trib-
ute to the writer. I win his with
drawal from the contest Gen. McCul-
! lough received numerous letters from
; prominent Republicans from 'nil sec-'
-tions of the state expressing their
good will and assuring him of their
I support for his candidacy in the fu
1 ture. i
was tastefully decorated with bunting.
national colors and potted plants.
Crossed flags were over every window,
bunting was festooned over the choir
and rostrum, while back of tlie pulpit
was a large American tlag. The choir
rendered two beautiful anthems. Rev.
Bennett of the M. E. church read the
scripture and otrered prayer and Mrs.
Whitman recited a poem. The sermdn
was preached by the pastor, the Rev.
E? R. -Perkins, M. A., from 2 Samuel
xxiii:12, "The Lord wrought a great,
victory." The congregation gave the
closest attention to tMe sneaker for
nearly an hour as he reviewed the sac-
ritices, sufferings and glorious achieve- i
On April 4. ments of the bovs in blue during the
. .. : .., f .i. l..i...ii: i :
wnt ,11 mc i.eoeiii.Jij, Sllliw lug I.OW I1V
1hem "the Lord wrought a great vic
tory." All joined in singiug America !
and the benediction was pronounced j
by Rev. Mr. Bennett.
The Driver'. Point of View.
The hotel coach was filled with a
crowd of happy, jubilant visitors, and
toiled splendidly up the
j hills. As each eminence was reached
j and at every turn In tbe road the crowd
j would burst forth into cries of wonder
j and delight at the magnificent scenes
j which burst upon their view. The
! mountain Jehu alone preserved a dig
; nlty and silence which rather awed the
others. At length, after a particularly
i lovely view hnd been passed, one of the
guests at the driver's left hand re
I marked:
"You don't seem to take much inter
est in the scenery. Xo doubt it's an old
etory to you."
The driver shook bis head. "Xo,
that's not It," he answered. "I Just
don't care." Then he leaned a little
closer and whispered: "But I knows
Just how you folks must feeL Tou at!
come from a long distance Just to see
things, and you're bound to enjoy It
anyhow so as to get your money's
worth and not feel as though you was
cheatin' yourselves. Oh," said this
driver In a superior tone, "I don't mind
It when I understand how 'tis." Leg.
He's W eekly.
For Sale !
The Ceo. F. Moseley Farm
in Vernon, Vt.
lietween TO and GO acres of land under a tict
state of cultivation. Can crew tobacco or any
oiner crop raised, rnuldint's in excellent e.
dition. No better farm of ita size in the
necticut Hiver Valley.
TO BE SOLO TO CLOSE AN ESTATE.
For further particulars Inquire of
F. J. BAILEY,
Brattleboro, Vt,
16tf
Carriages,
Sleighs
AND ALL KINDS OF
WEST DUMMERSTON.
There is quite a force of men on the
quarry and with the aid of the wide
gauge they are shipping tons of stone
daily.
Work has begun on the dam and
there is quite a force of men at work.
It looks as though they meant business
we would ere long see our town lighted
with electric lights.
Proctor is not near enough in sight ! thus throwing away the valuable prop
to be really called a "rear guard'
this Republican campaign.
In Brattleboro the issue was simply
one between prohibition and local op
tion and local option won.
We do! We do! We do!
erty which the countv owns here, for
the sole reason that a very few people
would be bf tter convenienced at lirat
tleboro. Citizen.
Xewfane, May 21, liXfi.
Slop the Toach
and works oil the Cold.
Laxative lirnino-Qninine Tablet cure a cold
in one day. N'o cure, no Pay. Price 25 cents.
WANTED We would like
call
Takicp these expressions of good will
unit tmj iiirt-i i.jimr iv iiiiu ti i.r fill- ' I I
cere and honest, .Gen. McCullough in , IO arrange With a IadV to
dacy. Has he any right to be in this UpOIl tainilieS in West Brattle
contest? We are told not. It strikes , ,
me differently. I am for him because j DOTO and transact SOllie PUSI
I believe that a political promise made i ... . ,
unsolicited is as sacred as any other j neSS. Liberal pay. W rite US.
and should be kept. I am for him lie- ....
cause I believe that Bennington coun-' Ullery OC C.O., BrattlebOTO.
The Tngboitt Captain.
A tug lay hard by, and the captain
added his bit to my sociological noc
turne, as I sat in the niin .i
peered out on the water "rlere red
lights nud green lights, v ., many of
yellow nud white, dripped zigzag fash
ion down from tlie wharfs and ships.
"Where do you sleep?" questioned I.
"Why, here," he replied, "in this very
pilot house on that nice fluffy bunk
you're a-sottiti' on; an' sometimes 1
sleep at that wheel, a-stceriu' this boat,
sir. Oui't lie helped, sir. The hours we
work would St:,Ve in a trained nurse
an' send a sentinel to lie shot. Why,
man. I've need the time w hen I've stuck
by that w he. 1 twenty grim hours at a
stretch. ,'t was forty-two hours I
And wlit-n you read in the paper about I
tnwiu' a big iirotielliT eUn n,- 1.
dock or J.imn..n her Into her next door
neighbor for keeps don't you sav us tug
folks are Johnnie Raws. Just say we're
worked am! worked till we sl.t-p at tht
wbcoi. Tor that's God's truth, sir."
Atlnntip Pil Excelsior.
The Crwmi Mmnm Mtlmmlmn.
Household Good;
Stored.
H. R. BROWN.
j Our MAHKKT I.KTTKR th - i
week contains lactn relatinc r - II
lm "U Fina,"'ial situation. T. t
Jit -" Smelters, i ons. Toha.i ttj'
III 'sand AiualEainated. We sh r. j'
ll oe Pleased to mail ymi a Co y

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